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Paper Folder Review: MBM 93M vs. Formax FD 300

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

MBM 93M and Formax FD 300 comparison

The Formax FD 300 compares well to the MBM 93M


We recently sat down and did a side-by-side paper folding machine comparison between the MBM 93M and the new Formax FD 300. We were excited when Formax announced a paper folding machine that would compete directly with the MBM 93M, a popular model with our customers.

The MBM 93M has delivered top-notch paper folding capabilities to our customers for a reasonable price. We have several satisfied customers who currently use this machine. The new Formax entry, the FD 300 has several comparable features that could give the 93M a run for the money. Let’s take a look:

Folding Speed

MBM 93M: 7,200 sheets/hour

Formax FD 300: 7,400 sheets/hour

Two hundred more sheets folded per hour is quite a big difference when you need to fold several hundred pieces each day. Time and labor savings quickly add up. Advantage: Formax.

Input Capacity

MBM 93M: 150 Sheets

Formax FD 300: 200 Sheets

Formax comes out the winner here again, thanks to a much deeper paper hopper. This translates into fewer paper feedings into the paper tray required by the operator and a significant saving of time. Advantage: Formax.

Maximum Paper Size

MBM 93M: 8 1/2″ x 14″

Formax FD 300: 8 1/2″ x 14″

Both models will fold legal size paper, a common request by our customers. The 93M and FD 300 models handle the larger-sized sheets with ease. Advantage: Draw.

Accepted Paper Weights

MBM 93M: 20 lb. bond

Formax FD 300: 20 lb. bond

Both models will process paper that’s slightly lighter and heavier than copy paper, but that’s about it. We sometimes hear from frustrated callers who assume their paper folding machine can handle card stock or other heavy types of paper. The fact is, most models are designed to fold copy paper only. Heavier stock paper presents challenges for several models. Advantage: Draw.

Warranty

MBM 93M: 1 year limited warranty, excluding wearables

Formax FD 300: 90-day warranty does not include consumable parts, labor, or shipping.

A meager warranty has always been an issue with Formax machines. We have sold Formax machines for almost 20 years, and warranty claims are far and few between. Unfortunately, potential customers do not know this when they browse our website. They often side with a competitor’s comparable model that offers a more liberal warranty time frame. Such is the case with the model 93M. Advantage MBM.

Price

MBM 93M: $458

Formax FD 300: $499

Since the Formax FD 300 is a new model, we were hoping their price would be a little more competitive. Saving $41 may not seem like a significant amount of money, but every dollar counts – especially when buying office equipment and supplies. Advantage: MBM.

As you can see, both the MBM 93M and Formax FD 300 paper folding machines offer very similar capabilities. What model do we recommend? Well, if warranty and price are a big concern, then MBM is the clear choice. If that’s not a deal breaker, then we recommend the Formax FD 300 based on performance capabilities and less time required for operation and attendance.

Paper Folding Machines that Fold Stapled Sheets of Paper

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

1611 Paper Folding Machine by Martin Yale

This model can fold up to five stapled sheets at a time.

Do you need to fold multiple sheets of paper that are stapled together? This is a feature that most paper folding machines cannot do. But not to worry, there are a few models out there that can fold stapled sheets.

This is one of the most common questions we are asked at ABC Office. Unfortunately, there are some who assume most paper folders can do this special task. They soon learn the paper folder model they purchased is not capable of folding multiple sheets and their paper folding plans are crushed.

You may be wondering if there is a paper folding machine capable of folding stapled sheets automatically. For example, is it possible to place a stack of stapled sheets in the paper feed tray, push a button and let the paper folder do the rest? Unfortunately such a model does not exist. You must feed each stapled set by hand. Even though this may still be an inconvenience, the timesavings offered by a paper folding machine is significant when compared to folding sheets by hand.

There is currently a limited selection of paper folding machine models available that boast multiple sheet folding capabilities. This article features a few of our best-selling paper folding machine models that have the capability of folding (in some cases) up to five stapled sheets at a time.

The Martin Yale 1611 Ease-of-Use AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine is the first model we typically recommend for folding stapled sheets of paper. The first reason why is it’s affordably priced for a semi-automatic paper folding machine. It’s also straightforward when it comes time to operate the machine.

Up to five stapled sheets may be folded by simply hand-feeding the stack into the bypass feed table located on the top of the machine.

Very similar to the model 1611, the Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine is also recommended. That’s because in addition to its multiple sheet folding feature, the 1711 is a fully automatic machine. This is desired by some who prefer not to spend the time adjusting the folding plates on a paper folding machine manually.

The Formax FD 38X Automatic Tabletop Paper Folder is a high-volume model capable of folding up to 20,100 sheets per hour. It has a multi-sheet feeder that allows up to four sheets, stapled or unstapled, to be folded at one time.

Be sure to contact ABC Office today at 1-800-658-8788 to find out more about paper folding machines that can fold stapled sheets of paper.

Little-Known Features of the Formax FD 6102 Inserter

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Envelope Paper Folder Inserting Machine by Formax

The FD 6102 has several features typically found on higher-end models


The Formax FD 6102 is our best-selling paper folder/envelope inserter machine. Several customers have used this very model for a wide variety of business mailing needs. Although the FD 6102 is rated as a low-volume model that processes up to 5,000 mail pieces per month, its duty cycle is more than adequate for most of our customers.

The FD 6102 has several features typically found on higher-end models, thus enhancing its value for the price. Some of these features include a large, color touch screen display panel. The panel is clearly marked and offers easy, step-by-step prompts and guidance through any folding and inserting job. This feature alone was not available on previous versions or competing models for that matter.

In my opinion, the FD 6102 is designed for almost anyone to use. Formax does offer free set up and training after purchase, but most customers can operate the unit right out of the box. It’s really that simple.

Other Easter eggs, or hidden features offered by the FD 6102 include the machine’s dual automatic and semi-automatic mode options. This means you can program the folder inserter to do extra tasks that are typically only performed by a higher end model. For example in semi-automatic mode, the FD 6102 will fold and insert up to five sheets of 20 lb. stock, either stapled or unstapled.

In fully automatic mode, this paper folder/envelope inserter can do the following:

· One sheet folded and inserted
· One sheet folded, return envelope nested and inserted
· Two sheets collated, folded and inserted
· Two sheets collated, folded, return envelope nested and inserted
· Folding only without inserting

The Formax FD 6102 can handle documents up to 14 inches in length. It also has seal and non-sealing capabilities. The fold types that this model can do include: Letter, Half, Double Parallel and no fold.

Be sure to call us at 1-800-658-8788 today to learn about all of the impressive capabilities of the Formax FD 6102 folder inserter – a feature-rich folder/inserting model available at a low, competitive price.

Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Folding Machine Video Demo

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineWhen it comes to paper folding machines, there are literally dozens of different models to choose from. While there are some tied and true machines out there, it is tough to know which will hold up and which will do a good job. One such machine I have personally used is the Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder (found here). I would like to share a new video with you that we just added to our site and discuss why I personally like this machine.

Martin Yale has been around for years, well longer than the 13 years I have been with ABC Office. They manufacture a wide variety of products including paper folders. To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of their folding machines (such as the 1501X and the 1217A). My opinion of their machines changed with the introduction of the 1611 and 1711 AutoFolders. These two machines are solid.

The 1611 is the replacement of the older 1601. They took the 1601, worked out some of the kinks and issues people were having and released the 1611. For the price, and considering the capabilities included, it is a great deal. Here is a video of the 1611 and 1711 folding machines in use:

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So why do I like the Martin Yale 1611 so much? A lot of it boils down to price, features and simplicity. Here are just a few things I really like:

  • Folding Plates – While this machine is still manually set up, adjusting the folding plates is as easy as loosening a single thumbscrew, sliding the plate to the correct position and tightening the screw back up.
  • Drop-In Feed Tray – Unlike the older 1501X (aka CV7) and the 1217A that require the paper to be pre-fanned, the 1611 utilizes a drop-in feed system. This means you can take your stack of paper and drop it into the feed tray without any fanning or special adjustments. This also results in much fewer paper jams.
  • Multi-Sheet Folding Capabilities – The 1611 is built with a multi-sheet feed slot that can handle up to 5 sheets of stapled or unstapled paper. This slot is located in front of the standard feed tray. The multi-sheet stack does have to be manually fed into the machine, but the results look great.
  • Stacking Wheel & Conveyor – Unlike most paper folding machines in this price range, the 1611 comes equipped with a powered exit conveyor and stacking wheels. This essentially takes the folded paper, slows it down and helps keep it organized as it leaves the machine.
  • Maintenance – I should mention that this machine is easy to maintain. It is designed to make the rollers easy to access and clean. This helps prolong the life of the paper folding machine.
  • Adjustments – While this machine lets you easily adjust the folding plates to accommodate the fold you need, it also has skew adjustment capabilities via a dial, making it easy to get the fold completely registered and crisp every time.

I should mention that this machine is a friction feed paper folding machine. This means it will not handle slick, glossy or coated paper will. It will handle standard finish paper just fine in thicknesses ranging from 16# bond up to 70# index. It can also handle paper sizes ranging from 3 ½” x 5” up to 8 ½” x 14” (legal).

I hope this information helps you in making an educated buying decision on a paper folding machine. We have sold a lot of 1611 folding machines and have had great luck with them. If you have additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-878. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Folding Stapled Sheets of Paper

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Folding stapled sheets of paperDoes your business or organization need the ability to fold stapled sets of paper in a quick and professional manner? Doing this quickly and accurately can be difficult, especially if you are trying to do this by hand. Most people who need to fold hundreds or even thousands of sets of stapled paper per day need to use a special type of paper folding machine (found here). Not all folding machines can handle multiple sets of paper at a time. I would like to cover some machines that should work and answer some common questions.

Multi-sheet folding is the method of folding more than one sheet of paper at a time. Often times these sets of paper are stapled prior to folding. Unfortunately over the years I have found that many people purchase a folding machine thinking it can do multi-sheet folding. This is not the case. Only a small percentage of machines are capable of doing this. Let me explain why this is so difficult.

Most paper folding machine have a feed tray where the paper is loaded. The folding machine then takes a sheet of paper from the stack, runs it through the machine, bounces it off of some folding plates (which determine where the crease will be made) after which the paper comes out of the machine folded. Due to the fact that most paper folding machines only have one tray, and due to the way that the machines are designed, it is only physically possible to fold one sheet of paper at a time. Some manufactures have come up with a clever way to bypass this problem.

TABLETOP PAPER FOLDING MACHINES

Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineMany manufacturers use a multi-sheet bypass slot to fold multiple sets of paper (stapled or unstapled). A great example of a machine that can do this is the Martin Yale 1611 (found here) and the Martin Yale 1711 (found here). Mechanically both of these machines are almost identical except that the 1611 requires the folding plates to be manually set where the 1711 has plates that set themselves.

Both of the above mentioned Martin Yale folding machines have a bypass feed slot for multi-sheet folding. This isn’t quite as convenient as simply dropping a large stack of paper into a tray, but it is still significantly faster and much more accurate than manually folding multi-sheet documents or stapled sets of paper. Simply take your stack of papers (up to 5 20#bond documents) and feed them into the bypass slot. The folding machine detects the paper, pulls it in and folds them all together. The results are impressive.

Here is a picture that shows you where that bypass slot is located:

Multi-sheet bypass slot on a Martin Yale 1611

Here are some other machines that have a multi-sheet bypass:

Here’s a video of the Martin Yale 2051 folding 5 sheets of paper at once:

DESKTOP LETTER FOLDING MACHINES

Martin Yale P9400 Desktop Paper Folding MachineIf you are folding just a few dozen sets of paper per day, you may want to consider something basic like a tabletop letter folder. These machines require the paper to be manually fed in regardless of whether you are folding a single sheet or multiple sheets of paper. These machines are also still significantly faster than manually folding paper. The Martin Yale P6200 (found here) and Martin Yale P6400 (found here) are both examples of tabletop letter folding machines that can multi-sheet fold up to 3 sheets (letter fold) or 5 sheets (half fold). Both can handle stapled or unstapled documents.

ENVELOPE INSERTING MACHINES

If you need a more automated way of multi-sheet folding paper, you may want to consider using an envelope inserting machine (found here). These machines have multiple feed trays. While they are designed to fold paper and insert it into envelopes, the envelope inserting portion of the process can be disabled. The only downside to this method is you cannot use it with stapled sets of paper.

I hope this information helps you with your multi-sheet folding needs. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have decades of experience with folding machines and multi-sheet folding. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Custom Business Envelopes Options from ABC Office

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Custom Business EnvelopesEnvelopes play a huge roll in any business. They are used for mailing literature, bills, checks, invoices and much more. The type of envelope used depends a lot on the purpose and the needs of the business. While we currently offer a lot of standard envelope options, some businesses need very unique features. We are able to provide you with custom business envelope options. I would like to cover a few of those in this article.

At ABC Office we currently offer six different “common” envelope designs (found here). This includes #9 and #10 envelopes with single and dual window configurations. This also includes business flap and standard flap envelopes. The standard envelopes that we offer are perfect for use with envelope inserting machines or for manual letter insertion. Before you consider custom envelopes, be sure to check out our standard options.

So what are some common modifications our customers like to make to our envelopes? I would like to cover some of the most common, but keep in mind that there is a lot we are able to do. Custom envelopes, do to their nature, must be ordered in a minimum quantity of 5,000 pieces. This allows us to get a run going and keep it cost effective for both of us. Here are some common modifications you may be interested in:

Window Positioning – Most envelopes have their window (single or double) in a fairly common fixed position. This is designed to conform to common address printing practices of most businesses. Some businesses, however, need the window in a different position or just slightly adjusted to accommodate a custom job or custom marketing literature. We are able to adjust and customize the window to fit just about any need. Just give us a call and ask us for a quote.

Flap Shape – Whether you are using an envelope inserting machine or you simply need a different look, we can adjust the shape and look of the flap. You may want it to have a more pronounced triangle or a flat design. Just let us know what you need.

Custom Printing – Printing is one of the most common custom options we offer. This may involve something as simple as a black printed address and logo or something a little more complex. We can offer full color (PMS matched) printing on envelopes with vibrant results. This can be done with reverse flap envelopes, business envelopes and much more.

Security Measures – Do you need added security? Do you need the pocket of the envelope lined with a pattern to prevent the contents from being seen? There are a lot of things we can do increase the security.

As you can see, we offer a lot of options with our envelopes. You are more than welcome to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 to discuss custom envelope options. We can help answer all of your questions and provide you with formal quotes and bids for a variety of custom envelope projects.

At ABC Office we also offer a great selection of envelope inserting machines (found here) and paper folding machines (found here).

Formax AutoSeal FD 2002 Pressure Sealer Product Review

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Formax AutoSeal FD 2002 Pressure SealerWhen it comes to single sheet mailing, there are few methods as affordable, professional and effective as a pressure sealer. These remarkable machines use special pressure seal paper to quickly fold and seal mail shut, eliminating the need to use envelopes and creating a tamper-proof piece of mail that can be used for invoices, checks, W-2s, PIN numbers, billing purposes and much more. One such machine is the Formax AutoSeal FD 2002 (found here). This is my review.

There are a lot of manufacturers out there who make pressure sealers, but none (in my opinion) come close to the quality that you will find in a Formax brand machine. Formax manufactures a dozen different pressure sealers and they are very well known for their envelope inserters, paper folding machines and paper shredders. Their machines are designed for serious professional use in a business environment and are excellent for daily operations.

The Formax AutoSeal FD 2002 is a desktop pressure sealer designed to fold and seal up to about 8,000 pieces of mail per hour with a monthly duty cycle of 50,000 pieces. This machine uses pressure seal paper, which has tiny pockets of glue around the edges. When run through this machine, those pockets of glue are burst open, causing the form to self seal. The seal is permanent and the only way to access the mail’s contents is to tear off the perorated edges.

The pressure seal forms (found here) and checks (found here) are tamper proof. That means there is no way to access the contents without obvious signs of tampering. I personally like the fact that no envelope is needed. The form is completely self-contained, is USPS approved and can be easily mailed out. You have probably received these types of forms in the mail in the form of a check, PIN number, statement or other type of mailer.

The FD 2002 is a mid-level machine from Formax. It is best used for light to medium-volume use. It features a drop-in style feed tray that can hold up to 250 pressure seal forms at a time. It can be used to handle pressure seal checks and forms up to 14” long. It is set up and used much like a standard paper folding machine.

This machine uses two feed trays that must be manually set in order to accommodate the desired fold. While they are manually set, they are very easy to adjust. I have also found that most businesses only require one or two types of folds, so usually once the plates are set they don’t need to be re-adjusted. This machine can create a C, Z, V, uneven C, uneven Z and several custom folds. A sound-dampening shield covers both of the fold plates. The sound cover can easily be lifted up, allowing access to the plates.

The control panel on this pressure sealer is extremely easy to use and a series of LED lights let you know when the power is on, cover is open, if the paper runs out and if a fault has occurred. Buttons let you start the machine, stop it and test samples.

You can buy this pressure sealer in two different configurations. You can buy it as the standard desktop version or with an exit conveyor and cabinet.

If you still have questions about this pressure sealer, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of pressure sealers here.

Options for Folding Packing Slips & Lists

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Packing List Evenlope SleeveIf your business ships products out of a warehouse on a daily basis, you are probably familiar with packing slips. These slips of paper typically include an address, a list of items shipped and other pertinent pieces of information.  These are sometimes placed in the box and other times are inserted into an adhesive plastic bag and stuck to a box. Regardless of the type of packing slip you use, you probably want it to look professional. Paper folding machines (found here) offer a professional and effective way to do just that.

As mentioned earlier, packing slips typically included on the outside or inside of the box being shipped. This is often for the warehouse to ensure everything has been properly packaged and also for the customer to see that everything was shipped at the right price. When it comes to folding these, I have seen several different types of folds used. The type of fold depends on the way thePacking Slip / List Folding Machines business or organization does things.

While there are sophisticated machines out there that interface directly with a laser printer, fold the packing slip and insert it into a bag, many small or medium-size businesses don’t need something that sophisticated or on that large a scale. This is where a paper-folding machine is a great option. Paper folding machines can be used to fold a few dozen to a few hundred (or more) packing slips a day.

There are three very common folds used for packing slips.

Letter Fold / C FoldLetter Fold – A letter fold (aka C fold) is THE most common fold used today. This fold consists of three equal panels and two folding points. When used on letter-size paper, the fold ends up being about 8 ½” x 3.6”. A packing list folded like this can be easily placed in a box and is sometimes placed in a larger packing envelope sleeve.

Cross Fold – A cross fold (aka French Fold) consists of a sheet of paper that has been half or letter folded and then folded in half again. This makes the sheet of paper very small. This is what most businesses do when using 5.5” x 7” packing list envelopes. Not all paper folding machines can create a cross fold, so be sure to check before purchasing a machine.

Cross Fold / French FoldManual Cross Fold – A manual cross fold involves creating a letter fold on a paper folding machine and then manually folding it in half again. This is probably one of the most affordable ways to create a cross fold. You can purchase a cheaper machine that can’t do a cross fold and then manually finish the job. The end results still look very professional.

In each of these scenarios the paper-folding machine is used to fold the paper and the slip is then manually inserted into the plastic sleeve envelope or placed in a box. The plastic sleeves are usually 5.5” x 7” in size although some people use larger sleeves that eliminate the need for a cross fold.

If you are looking for a packing list folding machine, or if you have a few questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. Don’t worry, we won’t pressure you to buy a machine. We just want to help you out. We have over 30 years of experience and can either help answer your questions or point you in the right direction. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 1611 Vs. the 1711 Paper Folding Machine

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Martin Yale 1711 Paper Folding MachineTwo very popular paper folding machines used by businesses today include the Martin Yale 1611 and 1711. Both of these models are very similar in appearance and design. I just spoke with a customer today who was wondering what the differences are between the two models. I would like to discuss both the similarities and the differences between these two machines in this article. You can find all of our paper folding machines here.

To begin with, Martin Yale is one of the oldest and best known manufacturers of paper folding machines in the industry. You may be familiar with some of their time tested classics such as the CV-7 (aka 1501x) and the 1217a. Their machines are used in mailrooms across the country. The 1611 replaces the 1601 and the 1711 replaces the 1701. Both of these two new machines implement modern technology into an affordable machine.

Having personally used both of these machines, I can safety say that I actually really enjoy using them. Some of Martin Yale’s older machines used to frustrate me because you had to adjust the tension and fan the paper prior to putting it in the machine. The 1611 and 1711 feature drop-in feed systems. This means you don’t have to fan the paper and you don’t have to adjust the tension. Simply press down on the spring-loaded tray, drop in the paper and release the tray. It is that easy.

The internals on both of these machines are actually pretty much the same. The speed on both machines is 9,000 sheets per hour, the sheet capacity is 150 and both handle a paper thickness ranging from 16# bond to 70# index. Both of these machines also feature the same paper size range, with is 3 ½” x 5” up to 8 ½” x 14”. Both machines are built on the same metal frame. Both of these machines also feature a manual bypass slot that allows you to fold up to 5 sheets of stapled paper at once (aka multi-sheet folding). Both machines also feature powered exit conveyors with stacker rollers.

While both of these machines are very similar visually and mechanically, there are some fundamental differences between the two. Here are the biggest differences:

  • Martin Yale 1611 Folding Machine (found here) – This machine is a manual setup machine. This means both of the folding plates have to be manually set to the fold you want to create. This isn’t hard to do, and folds are clearly marked on the machine, but there is some manual involvement required.
  • Martin Yale 1711 Folding Machine (found here) – This machine is an automatic setup machine. This means all you need to do is select the fold you want to create from the control panel and the machine will automatically adjust the folding plates. Little motors actually adjust the plates to the precise points needed for whichever fold you need.

Ultimately, when deciding between the two machine, you need to decide if you are OK with manually setting the machine or if you would like something more automated. As of this article, you are looking at about $434 more for the automation feature in the 1711 over the 1611.

Both machines produce folds of equal quality. The 1611 is very affordable fore what you get and the 1711 is one of the most affordable automatic paper folding machines money can buy. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. If you have any questions about either of these machines, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

What is a Letter Fold?

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Letter Folding MachineIf you are in the process of setting up a paper folding machine (found here), you may have noticed that there are several different types of folds available. These include the letter fold, accordion fold, half fold, double parallel fold, cross fold and many others. One of the most common types of folds is the letter fold. I would like to take a few minutes and help you understand what a letter fold is, why it is used and how to set your paper folding machine up to create it.

The letter fold is the most common type of paper fold, followed by the accordion fold (aka Z fold). The letter fold is often revered to as the C fold because when opened up it makes a letter C (when vied from the side). This is the fold that most businesses use for their invoices, letters, bills and other documents.

A standard letter folded documents consist of three equal panels. On an 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper, each of these panels are about 3 5/8″ in width (3.66″ to be precise). These panels can be adjusted if you wish to create an uneven letter fold, which is a type of custom fold. While these measurements are based on 8 ½” x 11″ paper, larger sheets of paper can also be letter folded.

Here is a picture of a letter folded document:

Letter Folded Paper

There are several reasons why the letter fold is so popular. Here are just a few:

  • Size – This size works very well with #10 envelopes, fitting in nicely and without too much effort on behalf of the worker or machine inserting the paper into the envelope.
  • Look – The even three-panel design of the letter fold looks very professional. It has been around for years and is very recognizable. This paper format is also easy to handle, open and use.

Almost all paper folding machines are able to create a letter fold using 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size paper. In fact, I can’t think of one that doesn’t. Some larger machines can even create a letter fold using larger 8 ½” x 14 Legal, 11″ x 17″ and 12″ x 18″. Check your paper folder’s manual to see which sizes of paper it can handle. If you are shopping for a machine, be sure to check the specifications to make sure the machine handles your paper.

When setting up a paper folding machine, the first plate (usually the longer folding plate) is set at about ¾” of the length of the document. On an 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper, is at about 7 3/8″. The second folding plate (usually the shorter of the two) is set about 1/3″ of the way up the page, which is usually around 3 ¾”. The letter fold is one of the most clearly marked and one of the most easy to set up on a folding machine.

Here are a few things to look out for when shopping for a machine that letter folds paper:

  • Paper Thickness – Most folding machines handle a standard 20# bond paper thickness. If you need to fold card stock or thicker paper, be sure your machine is capable of handling it.
  • Paper Type – About 80% of the folding machines out there use a friction feed system. This means they use some sort of rubber roller to grab the paper and pull it in. If your paper is slick, glossy or coated, you may need an air feed system as the friction rollers could potentially slip and jam.

If you need more information on letter folding machines, or simply need some questions answered, you are more than welcome to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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